SANTA FE, N.M. -- Authorities recaptured a prison escapee yesterday near The Downs race track less than two miles from the Penitentiary of New Mexico, and hundreds of officers under shoot-to-kill orders hunted six other inmates who remained free.
Hector B. Torres Jr. was apprehended without incident about 10:30 a.m. after being spotted by two track security guards, authorities said. Torres, who had been serving time for kidnaping and armed robbery, escaped Saturday night with two convicted killers and four other inmates, officials said.
Torres said he had hidden in pinon trees since the escape and that searchers once had come close to him, state police Capt. John Denko said.
About 200 officers, aided by state police and National Guard helicopters, were participating in the search for the others.
Warden George Sullivan said earlier that authorities had no information that any escapee except multiple murderer James Kinslow had left the area. Corrections Secretary Lane McCotter told reporters he had authorized officers to shoot to kill.
The seven escaped from the prison's maximum-security North Facility, which was the site of one of the bloodiest prison riots in U.S. history when 33 inmates died in 36 hours in 1980.